Postcards from Paris…Antique Garden Fleuriste

 

 

“To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow”

– Audrey Hepburn

 

Hello, dear friends…

 

It’s been raining and stormy on the Oregon coast these last few days…however earlier in the week the sun was shining bright and so I ran over to one of my favorite nurseries to see if I could find some pretty colorful flowers to plant in our garden.

 

 

Here they are all happily blooming in my window box that sits in front of the cottage window. sweet!

 

 

All this enjoyable gardening brought to mind a lovely memory from our Paris trip…

 

 

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Upon our arrival back to Hotel Eiffel Turenne we were delighted when the attendant told us about our upgrade to a much nicer and larger room. The room had a wonderful view and before we knew it had settled in for the day.

 

 

Later we strolled to a cafe across the street where we ordered french sandwiches. these became my signature go to food

 

 

As we enjoyed our meal we began making plans for the following days. Joe thought it would be nice to take a dinner cruise through the River Seine on Saturday evening. great idea Joe!💋

 

 

On Saturday morning after breakfast…

 

 

I mentioned to Joe that I would like to peruse around the neighborhood…

 

 

 

 

exploring the fabulous streets…

 

 

Joe was concerned that I might not be back in time for the dinner cruise that evening. no worries Joe…there’s plenty of time.😉

 

 

During my stroll…

 

 

I came across…

 

 

a most charming garden shop Antique Garden 

 

 

Upon entering this magical space…

 

 

It was love at first sight. soulful garden room

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Before I realized it…the afternoon was half over… time to head on back to the hotel and get ready for the evening cruise. As I walked back my thoughts drifted to how I might create a bit of this soulfulness in my own cottage garden when I returned home.

 

 

next stop…

cruising the Seine

 

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As you can imagine a trip to Paris inspired me in so many ways. beauty…art…flowers…food

 

 

SIMPLE CAPRESE SANDWICHES

(I altered this recipe by grilling the bread and melting the cheese)

 

 

Ingredients:

1 small baguette, cut in half

2 ripe tomatoes sliced thinly

3-4 ounces fresh mozzarella

fresh basil leaves

balsamic vinegar

 

 

Directions:

Slice each half of the baguette in half horizontally and spread both sides with pesto. On one side, layer alternately slices of tomatoes and fresh mozzarella. Top with fresh basil leaves and drizzle with balsamic vinegar, then add the spring mix to the top.

 

For weeks after returning from Paris I would make these yummy sandwiches. This video is from our first day back…we had terrible jet lag for days…so it was fun to wake up at 2:00 am and  pull out the baguettes and grill.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marcia
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Postcards From Paris💋

 

“The wisdom of a learned man {or woman} comes by opportunity of leisure…” -Ecclesiastes  38: 24-25

 

Hello… I hope you had a wonderful week!

 

Here are the cheese pastry puffs I shared with you in last weeks post. They were a huge success at my sweet little church’s Epiphany party. recipe

 

 

 

 

The inclement weather on the Oregon coast has not only  been a perfect opportunity for refreshing up the cottage…but for also refreshing my memory…

 

 

by going through my notes about our anniversary trip…there’s still so much to share with you! The Beginning✈️

here is…where we left off

All good things must  come to an end…unfortunately such was the case regarding our stay at The Ritz…(waaaa!)

 

 

so after breakfast we were ready to depart.

 

 

We planned on taking a cab back to Hotel Eiffel Turenne where we had made reservations for the next few days.

 

 

However before getting a taxi…

 

 

we decided to go for a walk through Plaza Vendome…

 

 

which was filled with fabulous shops…

 

 

and eateries.

 

 

So with camera in one hand and…

 

 

curiosity in the other

 

 

 we strolled the boulevard continuing along to Tuileries gardens…where we found a park bench to sit on while hearing the music of the merry-go-round…watching children playing…a group of older gentlemen playing bocce…

 

 

and…a vender who was roasting chestnuts next to a bridge…

 

 

where couples wrote their names on a lock…

 

 

then attached it on the wire of the fence…

 

 

Joe purchased a lock and I wrote our names on it…

 

 

we put it on the wired fence next to all the other locks…one day we will return

 

 

P.e.r.f.e.c.t!!!

 

 

After a wonderful afternoon we caught a taxi and returned to the Hotel Eiffel Turenne nice, but not The Ritz 😉where we would rest…before planning our next few days in Paris.

Until next time…

Bonjour!

 

Marcia
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My First Week of 2019

 

     Life is not graded on how fast you can move through it but rather how much you can enjoy it”– Mary Carlomagno

 

Hi!

 

How has 2019 been going for you? so far…

 

 

 

 

Shortly following Christmas I began packing up the lights and trees…

 

 

By New Years’s Eve the bulk of Christmas had been stored away.

 

 

Feeling excited about the New Year…

 

 

I decided to freshen up the cottage changing the energy a bit…

and with Joe’s help…

 

 

began moving the furniture around.

 

 

I wasn’t quite sure what I was doing…

 

 

or if I’d even like the end results…however I knew I had been bitten by the bug for a change.

 

 

That being said…

 

 

after moving e.v.e.r.y s.i.n.g.l.e peice of furniture around and to a new space…the room (s) felt more comfortable and inviting…things seemed to flow better…and trust me this is a very good thing in small cottage living. No sooner had this change occurred that Joe received a call from 2 different friends who mentioned they would be in town and were wondering if we could meet for lunch. Yes, of course!

So…..

we made 2 dates…

met for lunch…

 

 

and then invited our guests over for dessert and coffee.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The timing was perfect because I was able to share the results of the new and improved rooms with company…

 

 

which of course brought me great joy.

 

 

Being reminded that when I make the effort to bring about a change in life… that this change will often foster something wonderful….

 

 

My intention for the change was to create something better…worthwhile…adding more beauty and quality to my life…and those I share it with.💕

 

Enjoy your weekend!

I’ll be heading to an Epiphany party this weekend and everyone has been asked to bring an appetizer. This recipe looks great…and I’m thinking they would also be a great addition to a winter soup!

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CHEESY PUFF PASTRY STARS

INGREDIENTS

1 puff pastry sheet

1 egg

5 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

chopped chives and salt, for garnish

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Preheat your oven to 360° in a lined baking sheet with parchment paper.

2.  Roll out the puff pastry sheet onto a floured surface. Use a star shaped cookie cutter to cut out individual pastry stars and place half of them on the baking sheet. Add parmesan cheese and top with another path pastry star. Using the beaten egg, apply a thin layer of egg wash to the top of each pastry star. You can sprinkle a little cheese on top if you want.

3. Bake in the oven for 10 to 12 minutes, until the stars are puffed and golden. Sprinkle with chopped chives and a pinch of salt. Serve immediately or keep in airtight container for up to two days.

 

Marcia
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Reflections of 2018

 

 

 

“There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.”

-C.S. Lewis

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hello, dear ones…

 

 

2018 has been a year with new things…

 

 

As the year’s end quickly approaches…

 

 

causing much reflection…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I look around to see what was…

 

Photo taken with Focos

 

what is now…

 

 

and best of all…

 

 

the wonder and hope of discovering what will be…

 

 

A hope rises within…

 

 

a hope that is as important in life as breath itself.

 

 

 With this hope I anticipate the coming new year…

 

 

 

 

I feel like a child experiencing something new for the first time…

 

 

with a sense of wonder and excitement.

 

 

That being said my wish for you in 2019 is that no matter where your life is at this moment that the coming year is filled with Peace…Love…and Hope.

 

 

 

Cheers to 2019!

 

 

I apologize that you can’t hear the sound as well as I planned…anyway this is a video from a walk on my 65th Birthday this year…and probably the most significant occurrence for me  in 2018.😘

Marcia
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Merry Christmas!🎄

 

 

    “There are two ways of spreading light; to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it” -Edith Wharton

 

Hello…

 

 

thought I’d drop in for a quick visit…

 

 

Joe and I have been enjoying a pre-Christmas holiday and will soon be heading back to the coast… spending Christmas at home.

 

 

While away…I’ve been reminiscing…

 

 

it’s been lovely…

 

 

strolling through the season…

 

 

gatherings with new friends…

 

 

visits from long time old ones…

 

 

a little shopping…

 

 

 

 

A Christmas Tea…

 

 

Christmas tea parties…

 

 

The Nutcracker Ballet…

 

 

sweet Love and Joy…

May all be yours…

Merry Christmas!

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Here is a yummy recipe that I serendipitously discovered on the napkins I had purchased! I haven’t tried the recipe yet…but look forward to baking some up!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marcia
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